Showcasing creative talent at UWTSD Swansea College of Art Summer Shows 2019


Students from University of Wales Trinity Saint David Swansea College of Art have unleashed their creative talents at the University’s summer exhibition series at venues across the city.

Sophie Harding adding to finishing touches to a painting.

Students from a wide range of degree courses have been hard at work preparing for the exhibitions, which form part of their final assessments and opened on Friday night (may 17). After being shown in swansea, the exhibitions will then travel to London where they will be displayed in venues and exhibitions around the city.

Professor Ian Walsh, Dean of Swansea College of Art at UWTSD said: "Swansea College of Art’s season of summer shows is an established British cultural institution. For over 160 years the college has exhibited the very best young talent from our range of leading art, design and media courses. This summer’s showcase is our biggest by far and promises to be a real celebration of our graduates' creativity and hard work. Our annual summer shows once again, promise to be a series of exciting and colourful events that showcase the very best our students have to offer.”

One of those exhibiting her work is Sophie Harding, aged 23, a final year Fine Arts student. She said: "When I first came for an interview at Swansea College of Art, I not only fell in love with the facilities but also the city and its location – the town centre and the beach are so close! A perfect combination. I also loved the fact there is a closely-linked artist community stretching across Swansea with lots of specialist galleries that the college has close links with.”

Sophie (pictured above) said her three years at UWTSD has taught her to be creative and to experiment with different materials. "Our lecturers taught us the importance of being inspired and having the confidence to look at things differently,” she added. “Each of them is an artist in their own right and their passion is highly infectious and has driven all of us to succeed.” Sophie is now looking at local artist-in-residencies and potential opportunities to work abroad after graduation.

Calum Lewis (pictured below) is a final year BA Graphic Design student from Ammanford. Callum has been able to combine his studies with running two online businesses, through which he uses his talents to work with local business and companies in Australia, the United States and Canada. He said: "I was studying at a local college, when my lecturer Donna Williams came in to interview students. I didn’t realise there was such a great facility on my doorstep. I quickly realised just how hands on the lecturers are because of the smaller class sizes and that was key for me. I have not just learnt about Graphic Design, I have also grown as a person. I am more confident and able to go out and give talks to other potential students about my studies and my work.”

Callum added: "I’ve been able to grow my own businesses, using the skills I have learnt at UWTSD,” he added. "As part of the summer shows, I’ve been exhibiting my work at Swansea Grand Theatre and have had great feedback. The chance to take part in live exhibitions was part of what attracted me to the University. UWTSD is also good at inviting professionals in to give talks and set up live briefs with businesses – you learn so much about the world of work this way and the importance of taking on board feedback, positive and negative, to continually improve your work."

Callum Lewis stands before a display of his graphic design work.

Saunna Bowen, aged 22, (pictured below) is also a final year graphic design student. her exhibition is inspired by her grandmother who has Dementia. “It’s been the driving force behind my work recently,” she said. “It’s such a cruel disease, robbing you of your memories and who you are as a person. It’s also something that a lot of people, particularly relatives caring for a family member with Dementia, are reluctant to talk about. I’ve been able to use my work to express the feelings suffered by those close to me who have been affected by it.”


 Shaunna Bowen stands in front of a display of her project work.

Shaunna added: "I have absolutely loved my time at UWTSD. We are fortunate to have such great lecturers who will go above and beyond to help us succeed. Once they knew the background to my final year project, they were there every step of the way. Everyone knows you forget things as part of the condition, but I was also able to show the effect of other symptoms, how it affects your eye sight and how you perceive things.”

Joseph Lewis, aged 21, (pictured below) has been working part-time at Ministry Graphics, based in Baglan Energy Park, whilst studying for a BA in Graphic Design. The final year student starts a full-time position as a junior designer with the company this week.

He said: “I’m from Skewen and it’s literally a 10 minute drive to Swansea College of Art from my house. I initially looked at going away to university and thought, what’s the point? Swansea College of Art has amazing facilities and it’s on my doorstep! Small class sizes means we are in contact with our lecturers a few times a day – and get instant feedback.

"As I'm already working part-time, the course has helped me develop professionally – it stripped everything I thought I knew, back to basics. It’s been a brilliant experience – you get the opportunity to work closely with real clients as part of the course, which definitely prepares you for the outside world. I’ve been able to put my lessons into practice – it’s been a relatively easy transition, skills wise, in my new job as I had been well prepared by my lecturers.

"Each year, Swansea College of Art runs an event called Design Week and this year we had talks from graduates working at Lego and Sky, which gave us a great insight into the industry and something to aspire to. My exhibition has been inspired by Brexit, although not a deeply political person, I don’t think anyone has been able to escape what’s been happening. and my work is a unique take on the events so far.”

Joseph Lewis stands in front of the satirical images he created during his graphic design course.

Note to Editor

Swansea College of Art UWTSD Summer Shows

Opening Night: 17th May 2019, from 5.30 -9.00 pm | Shows Open until 31st May 10am-4.30pm 
(closed Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday) 

Automotive & Transport Design / Foundation A&D / Glass / Product Design / Surface Pattern Design

Dynevor: SA1 3EU
Advertising and Brand Design** / Animation / Fine Art / Graphic Design** / Games Design Photography

Llys Glas: SA1 5DU
Performing Arts (click for details)

Grand Theatre: SA1 3QJ

The HystSA1 1PE (Opening night only 6pm-1am)
Film & TV / Music

211 High Street: SA1 1PE 
Masters & MArt (10-4 until 25 May) 

**Also opening on the 3 May  

Graphic Design
Grand Theatre:
 SA1 3QJ - Opening night Friday 3 May 5.30 (open to the public 4-11 May, closed on Sundays and Bank holidays)

Advertising and Brand Design
Creative Bubble:
 SA1 3EW - Opening night Friday 3 May 6.30-9.30 (open to the public 4-10 May 10am-7pm)

London Exhibitions 2019

Copeland Gallery Peckham
Photography 7-9 June (10am-6pm)
Opening night: 6pm-10pm Friday 7th June

New Designers
Surface Pattern Design / Glass part 1: 27 June - 29 June 
Illustration / Graphic Design /  Product Design / Automotive and Transport Design part 2: 4-6 July

D&AD New Blood
Advertising and Brand Design -The Old Truman Brewery 10-13 July 

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